Day 1 Puerto Varas / Las Juntas 5hrs / 9km / 350mts ascension We will go to Cochamó , a town by Reloncavi Estuary --the first fiord of the Patagonia-- and meet our local guide. We will also meet and load the horses and begin our trekking through a valley with lots of vegetation and spectacular views of granite walls. Camp and relax. BL-D
Day 2 Las Juntas / Mount Trinidad 7hrs / 3km / 900mts ascension Today is a big day; when the sun rises we will be surrounded by granite mountains. We will climb up and into the forest and have a close look to mañío, coigüe, alerce and lenga trees. After 5 hours walking and climbing 2 fix ropes (easy and safe to do) we will find ourselves in the highlands of the mountains of Cochamó and admire remarkable views of the valley, place of condors and climbers. After a nice lunch we will walk back to the refuge to celebrate the day. B-BL-D
Day 3 Las Juntas / El Arco 6hrs / 8,5km / 350mts ascension As we go up in the valley we will see a different view of Cochamó. We will cross many rivers, pass through alerce forests and visit a peculiar rock formation called El Arco. Camp and free afternoon to explore B-BL-D
Day 4 Las Juntas / Andean Lake 5hrs / 6,5km / 400mts ascend We will go deeper into the Andean Range, crossing rivers and passing trough old alerce forests. While we ascend we find the beautiful lenga forest that surrounds the Andean Lake where we will set up camp, make a bonfire and enjoy the silence of the place. B-BL-D
Day 5 Andean Lake / Vidal Gormaz Lake 4hrs / 6km / 350mts descend Passing this lake we encounter marshes where we will find traces of early settlers (early 1900´s). We will finally reach Vidal Gomez Lake, meet a family who lives there and set camp by the lake. B-BL-D
Day 6 Vidal Gormaz Lake / Torrentoso 6hrs / 15km / 400mts descend This day we will hike for 3 hours to get to the south side of the lake and share with Panchito Soto and his family, later on we will hike down to Torrentoso and look for some rock paintings that indigenous people made 800 years ago when they use to live in this territory. In the afternoon we set camp and enjoy the river next to us. B-BL-D
Day 7 Torrentoso / Steffen River 5hrs / 11,5kms / 70mts We will drink some mate and go down the valley of the Manso River. We will visit several families on our way and cross quite a few hanging bridges built by the community to avoid isolation when rivers flood during heavy rain days. We will visit the home of Don Juan, set camp there and enjoy a hot bath, toilets and Don Juan’s hospitality. B-BL-D
Day 8 Steffen River / Tagua Tagua Lake 4hrs / 9,3kms / 200mts descend We will leave early to take the ferry that crosses the Tagua Tagua Lake and sail these waters which are used by local people to transport all kinds of goods, including animals. After a few hours we will get to the Manso River Bridge where we will catch our bus to Puerto Varas. B-BL Optional day 8: rent an easy going horse for an extra 20.000 pesos and ride in local horses used to do this trip. 100% recommendable!
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,530 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Price of USD $1,920 per person is based on a group of 2 people. For 3 people the price is $1,530 per person, and for groups of 4-8 it is $1,360 per person.
Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for details.